Seven field goals. And they were all scintillating, weren’t they? This much is clear. There is a chronic communication problem between Russell Wilson and head coach Nathaniel Hackett, who has appeared strategically lost in all five of Denver’s games. And that was true again last night, even after the Broncos had hired a Special Master to help Hackett with game management. This is pretty basic. You’re in overtime at home. Fourth and inches with a little over two minutes remaining in OT. With time dwindling, I understand the reticence to kick a game-tying FG. But the priority there has to be to get the first down. Run the ball, especially with Wilson struggling as he was. Get the first, and you are in total control. Five games in, the Broncos have gotten zero ROI on Wilson and Hackett. Denver has scored a total of two touchdowns in their three home games.
The NFL did not as expected release new concussion protocols Thursday afternoon. But the need for them was clearly illustrated in Denver. That was a frightening scene as Colts running back Nyheim Hines lost all motor control after taking a blow to the head. In this case, common sense dictated that under no circumstances could Hines return to the game. But we’ve seen “common sense” fail before, and recently. The new protocols would automatically disqualify any player who exhibits disorientation and loss of motor control. I presume the NFL will make the new system official today.
There’s no shortage of QB drama as we move toward tomorrow’s Texas-Aus Jus and A&M-Alabama games. All indications are that Quinn Ewers will be back for the ‘Horns after that S/C joint injury he suffered in the opener against ‘Bama. Au Jus QB Dillon Gabriel took a filthy head shot that resulted in a concussion in last week’s loss to TCU. His backup, Davis Beville, struggled after Gabriel’s exit. JUCO transfer General Booty has shown talent, as has true freshman Nick Evers. Sooners coach Brent Venables has multiple options, but uncertain ones.
Tide QB and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young will be a gametime decision as he battles a shoulder injury. And Aggie QB Max Johnson has a broken bone in his throwing hand. Stay ready, Haynes King.
Draymond says he’s sorry for throwing a punch at a teammate. So I guess that’s that. Hey, he said he was sorry. WTH do you want? October baseball! I’m all in, and I’ve decided to just roll with the new 12-team postseason format. I’m ok with it, that is, as long as the Astros win.